"Street Fighting Man" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Ev'rywhere I hear the sound
Of marching charging feet, boy
'Cause summer's here and the time is right
For fighting in the street, boy

Well now, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band?
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man, no

Hey think the time is right
For a palace revolution
But where I live the game
To play is compromise solution

Well now, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band?
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man, no. Get down.

Hey so my name
Is called Disturbance
I'll shout and scream
I'll kill the king, I'll rail at all his servants

Well, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n' roll band?
'Cause in sleepy London town
There's just no place for a street fighting man, no
Get down


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"Street Fighting Man" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +1
    General Commentnah, go kick a poodle
    Rymonon June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the great protest songs of all time.
    poohblueskyon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong was written after JAgger marched in Vietnam rally.

    Intresting note: This song was actually banned at a chicago vietnam rally for fear of causing a riot. Definitley a rally starting kind of song.
    Stamphateron December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought the king lyric was right.
    It's quite funny trying to imagine Mick Jagger as a street fighting man...now Keith Richards...thats another story!
    By the way: this song is great!
    Boss Manon July 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKeith Richards fucked up tuning with the engaging rhythm is the backbone of this song. This is one of the most original rock songs of the 60s.
    Nolesy101on April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPurportedly, the inspiration for this song is Tariq Ali, a strident British Pakistani.

    Wikipedia:
    "The song is about political strife, and Jagger allegedly wrote it about Tariq Ali after Jagger attended several of Ali's demonstrations. In 1987, Ali released an autobiography of the 1960's entitled Street Fighting Years, which gives credence to the theory that the song was inspired by Ali's public demonstrations. "
    Zeteticon February 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter the Kent State massacre in 1970, the students at the University took to protesting and squared off with the national guard there as well. After a few tense hours, the dean of college pleaded with the governor to withdraw the guard and he did so. Immediately afterward, the students agreed that anyone with a copy of this song needed to play it at full volume and blast it out the speakers.

    A protest song for the protestors celebration of their few victories, even though Jagger admits "what can a poor boy do, except sing for a rock and roll band."
    Pirtyfool22on May 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the line "Cause summer's here, and the time is right for fighting in the street"
    is a reference to the Martha and the vandellas song, Dancing in the street. In that song it says "Cause summer's here, and the time is right for dancing in the street". I'm pretty sure that the Martha and the vandellas' song came out first.
    WhipsFeldmanon June 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    ledzepfloyd1101on May 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHell yeah! Rolling Stones, Street Fighting Man! G7!!!
    MarcusHon August 23, 2010   Link

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